Geographically, Sutton Place is slightly east and slightly south of the Upper East Side, stretching between the East River and First Avenue, from 53rd to 59th Streets. But this posh Midtown East enclave is, in most every other way, far from any other Manhattan neighborhood. An exceptionally close-knit upscale neighborhood comprised almost entirely of elegant pre-war co-ops, Sutton Place is a neighborhood apart both geographically and more generally.
Sutton Place apartments are distinguished by some of the most impressive East River views on offer anywhere in Manhattan, but Sutton Place’s greatest selling point is its ineffable Sutton Place-ness -- the meticulously landscaped neighborhood is home to a few small shops, a great many meticulously maintained private gardens, and an uncommonly quiet and sedate feel. Those Sutton Place apartments are exceptionally hard to come by, as rentals are virtually nonexistent and the majority of apartment listings on Sutton Place are in exclusive co-ops, but there’s something fitting about that -- Sutton Place’s neighborhood-unto-itself feel is, after all, what makes it so unique.